Sojourn – Charlotte Mann

I remember being 

in a field in Kurdistan 

nothing to fear 

but the Kangol dogs 

     with the red eyes 

and the soldiers of secrets 

    with the dark glasses 

each unreasonable and demanding in his own way 

but my god 

that field 

in Kurdistan 

made it all worthwhile. 

Air heavy with ice and noise 

and altitude or attitude, one or the other 

or both 

and water 

falling from the sky. 



Charlotte Mann

August 8-24, 1997